Last updated | فبراير 10, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I took Johnson, which is only a one dose vaccination, which dates should I add to the vaccination proof form?

    Upload your vaccination proof mentioning that you received the full course of vaccination and have the same date installed in the first and the second dose required date fields.

    I took the first dose on campus and missed the second dose vaccination date?

    Head to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) third settlement health center (Location) with your vaccination card, which states that you received your first dose at AUC. They will either be able to give you the second dose or will guide you on how to finalize your vaccination process.

    I took the first dose of vaccination in my home country (outside Egypt or outside Cairo) and need to take the second dose on campus?

    In this case, you need to proceed through the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), by either contacting their hotline on 15335 or visiting their website and follow their procedures on how to finalize the vaccination.

    I took both doses of vaccination on campus and my status is not yet updated on the Ministry of Health and Population website?

    Updating the status on the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) system is the responsibility of the ministry. Many members now have their status updated on the system, and if anyone not yet registered, please email a copy of your vaccination card on medicalserv@aucegypt.edu.

    I took the first dose and then I got infected with Covid-19 before the second dose date, what can I do?

    Send the positive PCR result to the Office of Medical Services at medicalserv@aucegypt.edu, and visit the Office of Medical Services after your recovery. You are granted access for three months from your positive PCR date, during which you have to finalize your vaccination process and upload your full proof of vaccination.

    Are students under 18 requested to be vaccinated?

    According to the Ministry of Health, all students under 18 are eligible for vaccination, there was a facilitated round of under 18 vaccinations on campus. Hence all under 18 students are expected to have received their vaccination and submitted their proofs through AUC vaccination status online form.

    I took the first dose, but my second dose date is after two weeks?

    Your campus access won’t be affected till the date of your second dose, please upload your full course of vaccination proof once you receive your second dose.

    What document(s) is needed as proof of vaccination?

    The vaccination certificate from the vaccination center is needed.

    How can I submit my proof of vaccination or medical exemption?

    AUC's online form for submitting your vaccination status or medical exemption can be accessed here.  Before accessing the form, we ask you to read through the following points carefully:

    • This online form is for AUC students, staff, and faculty with a valid AUC email address only. 
    • Alumni cannot access the form; they are only required to show their vaccination proof at the gates upon entering campus.
    • All students, faculty or staff who have completed either one or both doses of the vaccination must log onto the form to upload a copy of their vaccination certificate. Upon review, you will be notified of your status regarding access to campus. Allow up to six business days to receive a confirmation email. 
    • All students, faculty, or staff, who have a medical exemption from their doctors, must log onto the form to upload a note stating that they have a medical exemption from taking the vaccine. Upon review and approval, you are granted access upon doing an antigen weekly test that reflects a negative result.
    • If you have registered for the vaccine, but have not yet received the first dose, please do not log onto the form and do not submit anything at this time. Once you have received your first dose, you should then log on and submit your vaccination certificate at that point. 

    What if I was not yet able to get my second dose, Will I still be permitted to access campus after one dose? 

    Yes. Depending on the vaccine you receive, the second dose may be either three weeks or three months later. We expect most of the members of the community to have received both shots but will allow those who have received the first dose to access campus. We expect all members of the community to receive their second dose as soon as they are eligible.

    Which vaccines are approved/recommended by the WHO?

    There are several vaccines approved/recommended by the WHO, for the full list, click here

    Does AUC accept proof of vaccination from other countries?

    Yes, we accept vaccination certificates from any country. Please upload your proof of vaccination no matter where you received it, in order to be granted access to campus.

    What are my options if I choose not to take the vaccine?

    The University is requesting that anyone who will access the campus should be vaccinated. Classes will be delivered face-to-face.  Everyone has the right to choose whether they will be vaccinated or not. The University is not in a position to advise people on the choices they should make, or on what alternatives they may wish to pursue.

    However, anyone who is not vaccinated (even due to medical exemption) is required to do a weekly antigen test on his/her own expense at Speed Medical stations around campus and is granted access upon receiving a negative antigen result that appears within 30 minutes from taking the test.

    What if I have a health condition that prohibits me from taking the vaccine?

    The University has an online form, where members of the community can upload their vaccination proof or upload a medical exemption from their doctor, Upon review and approval of the medical reports, you are granted access upon doing a weekly antigen test that reflects a negative result.

    What kind of medical papers/proof requested for the vaccine exemption?

    Any medical certificate from a certified physician that indicates a medical reason for not having the vaccine. 

    Are the members who have approved medical exemption need to take the weekly antigen test?

    Yes.

    Are AUC community members who are medically exempt from vaccination allowed to ride the buses?

    No, they are not. However, AUC has negotiated an agreement with SWVL to solve this issue. Starting September 1, 2021, all SWVL routes will be available at discounted prices, ranging from 45-55% off, for AUC community members. This will be available until community members have received their vaccination and can then enroll in AUC transportation. For more details, click here.

    I am requested to do a weekly antigen test, how can I apply for a reduced cost?

    AUC has negotiated a substantially reduced fee for the rapid antigen test, down from LE 800 to LE 350 for members of the AUC community.  No members of our community will be prevented from studying or working on campus due to an inability to pay for the weekly test. Those who are eligible for a subsidy will be receiving an email with further details. 

  • What measures is AUC taking to ensure that the classrooms are safe?

    AUC is following CDC guidelines for cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation. In addition, social distancing of 1.5 meters and mask wearing are required in all AUC classrooms.

    Since some members of the community may be granted medical exemptions, this means that there may be some unvaccinated students in my classes. What precautions will be in place to ensure our safety?

    The University is maintaining safely protocols in all classrooms including social distancing, masks, and routine disinfection.

    Do students and faculty have a choice whether to wear a face mask or a face shield inside classrooms?

    Students and faculty will be required to wear face masks, not face shields, inside classrooms. However, an individual may wear both if they so choose, but only the mask is required.

    What are the procedures in case a COVID-19 case is identified in a class? Would this class shift online for a period of time?

    Automated Classroom Testing:

    • When a positive case is reported in a class, an email from the covid case reporting system is sent out to the class list and the class faculty that they have been in contact with a positive case.
    • Their self-check automatically turns Red, and they are not allowed on campus except after doing an antigen test.
    • The email states its mandatory to do an antigen test at the Pepsi gate testing station on an assigned date. The test must be done on the set date or later on, but never earlier than the appointed date.
    • With a negative antigen result, the case is resolved automatically upon receiving the result that appears within 30 minutes from taking the test.
    • With a positive antigen result, the case is still not allowed access to campus and is contacted by the medical team to go through the testing process.

    Seating Charts Arrangements:

    • Some Classes will be applicable to have a seating chart.
    • At the beginning of each class a chart with the class seating arrangement is filled indicating the place and details (Name and I.D.) of each student in class.
    • Having a positive case in a class with a seating chart will allow the medical team to test only the students who were sitting around the case, not the whole class.
    • Contacts around the case are to be contacted directly by the medical team to be tested.
    • According to the faculty, a fixed seating arrangement can be used throughout the term, allowing the chart to be completed just once at the beginning of the semester not at the beginning of each class. The fixed chart is handed to the medical team on day 1 of the semester.

     

    Will mask-wearing regulations be relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated? 

    In classrooms and large group settings, masks are required as a precautionary safety measure. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated may choose to remove their masks in individual offices, outdoor meetings, or small groups of fully vaccinated individuals. However, some fully vaccinated individuals  may choose to continue to mask, depending on their comfort level and they are welcome to do so. We will be carefully monitoring the AUC COVID-19 Dashboard and conducting weekly voluntary antibody testing, which will give the University real-time data on our campus community. Should there be alarming increases in rates of infections, we will adjust regulations accordingly. 

  • What will the mode of instruction be in Spring 2022?

    The University is planning a full return to campus in Spring 2022. Undergraduate and graduate courses will be taught face-to-face.

    Will the absence policy change given the circumstances?

    The regular absence policy will be applied. If a student is sick, for one reason or another, then the policy also addresses those situations. However, we will also ask faculty to show understanding and accommodation during these unusual circumstances.

  • Are all members of the community still required to do the daily Health Self Check before coming to campus, even if they are vaccinated?

    Yes, everyone is required to complete the daily Health Self Check when entering campus. For campus access, please check the AUC Campus Guide Spring 2022.

    What adjustments have been made to the AC systems on campus?

    The on-campus AC systems are currently being adjusted to have 40% fresh air flowing in. This percentage is in line with global standards. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Spring 2022.

    Do students and faculty have a choice whether to wear a face mask or a face shield inside classrooms?

    Students and faculty will be required to wear face masks, not face shields, inside classrooms. However, an individual may wear both if they so choose, but only the mask is required.

    What are the procedures in case a COVID-19 case is identified in a class? Would this class shift online for a period of time?

    Automated Classroom Testing:

    • When a positive case is reported in a class, an email from the covid case reporting system is sent out to the class list and the class faculty that they have been in contact with a positive case.
    • Their self-check automatically turns Red, and they are not allowed on campus except after doing an antigen test.
    • The email states its mandatory to do an antigen test at the Pepsi gate testing station on an assigned date. The test must be done on the set date or later on, but never earlier than the appointed date.
    • With a negative antigen result, the case is resolved automatically upon receiving the result that appears within 30 minutes from taking the test.
    • With a positive antigen result, the case is still not allowed access to campus and is contacted by the medical team to go through the testing process.

    Seating Charts Arrangements:

    • Some Classes will be applicable to have a seating chart.
    • At the beginning of each class a chart with the class seating arrangement is filled indicating the place and details (Name and I.D.) of each student in class.
    • Having a positive case in a class with a seating chart will allow the medical team to test only the students who were sitting around the case, not the whole class.
    • Contacts around the case are to be contacted directly by the medical team to be tested.
    • According to the faculty, a fixed seating arrangement can be used throughout the term, allowing the chart to be completed just once at the beginning of the semester not at the beginning of each class. The fixed chart is handed to the medical team on day 1 of the semester.

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    Are staff and faculty members required to wear face masks inside offices?

    Yes, when they are working in a shared common work space or in a meeting. If you have an individual/personal closed office, you may take off your mask when you are alone.

    What are the precautions taken on the University Residences?

    Unvaccinated students are housed in a different location from those who are vaccinated. The lounges and common spaces are closed to avoid large congregations. Face masks are required indoors. Weekly antigen testing is required of those who are unvaccinated. Contact tracing protocols are in place should someone test positive for COVID-19. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Spring 2022.

    What should a student residing in the dorms do if they exhibit symptoms?

    They should report their case to the Office of Medical Services. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Spring 2022.

    What safety measures is AUC enforcing on the buses?

    Only vaccinated community members will be allowed to ride the buses. Passengers must wear a face mask for the duration of the trip. However, social distancing will not be enforced due to bus capacities. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Spring 2022.

    Are AUC community members who are medically exempt from vaccination or under 18 years old allowed to ride the buses?

    No, they are not. However, AUC has negotiated an agreement with SWVL to solve this issue. Starting September 1, 2021, all SWVL routes will be available at discounted prices, ranging from 45-55% off, for AUC community members. This will be available until community members have received their vaccination and can then enroll in AUC transportation. For more details, click here.

    How will the AUC Library operate now that the whole community will be returning to campus?

    The library will resume normal operating hours. However, the number of people allowed inside will be limited due to social distancing. For more details, please check the AUC Campus Guide Spring 2022.

    In the case of contact tracing, who covers the cost of antigen testing if a case is found on campus?

    AUC covers the costs.

    What happens if I register for Spring 2022 classes but I am not eligible to access campus?

    Your registration does not guarantee your access to AUC campus. Access to campus is based on your vaccination status as submitted on the vaccination status online form.

    The University reserves the right to drop students from registered courses and refund any payments made if access to campus is not granted or revoked due to their vaccination status. 

    Will all vendors and service providers on campus including bus drivers, food outlet workers, cleaning personnel, daycare staff and others be required to be vaccinated?

    The University has worked with our vendors, suppliers, and the CIB staff to ensure that individuals who regularly work on our campus are vaccinated as well. 

    Will mask-wearing regulations be relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated? 

    In classrooms and large group settings, masks are required as a precautionary safety measure. In accordance with guidance from the CDC, people who are fully vaccinated may choose to remove their masks in individual offices, outdoor meetings, or small groups of fully vaccinated individuals. However, some fully vaccinated individuals  may choose to continue to mask, depending on their comfort level and they are welcome to do so. We will be carefully monitoring the AUC COVID-19 Dashboard and conducting weekly voluntary antibody testing, which will give the University real-time data on our campus community. Should there be alarming increases in rates of infections, we will adjust regulations accordingly. 

    Is AUC Pay (prepaid electronic payment system) available for use on campus?

    Yes, AUC Pay, formerly AUC Coin, is available for use on campus. For more information on how to download, where to use it on campus, how to top-it up and more, please visit the AUC Pay portal here.

    Are there face masks available on campus?

    If you are in need of a face mask, please pass by the clinic. Offices should have backup masks available for their staff as well. If possible, please make sure to have extra face masks with you for your own protection.

     

  • Are staff and faculty members required to wear face masks inside offices?

    Yes, when they are working in a shared common work space or in a meeting. If you have an individual/personal closed office, you may take off your mask when you are alone.

    When can we expect an update for the remote work policy to be published?

    The policy is already on the website, along with the Spring 2022 Remote Work Frequently Asked Questions. Additionally, the Office of Human Resources will soon announce an awareness session for staff to ask any questions they may have.

    Since some departments are holding classes on Saturdays, are academic staff members required to work on Saturdays?

    This is left for each academic department to decide.